The pineapple finial has been removed and the left hand pier demolished many decades ago. The property owner found the finial in a local antique shop and managed to regain possession. I built a replacement pier and plinth and capital stone for the pineapple to sit on. Work done in 2011 but this was the first time I had the opportunity to get a good photo. St George Hotel Monmouth.
Rebuilt drystone walling in new location with solid gate piers and vintage self closing gate. Made copings stones to match the capstone. Built a set of curved steps in the corner of the courtyard. All aiming to compliment the existing building.
Replacing cement mortar that is blocking evaporation and causing wet cold walls. Repointing with the correct lime mortar that will allow evaporation while maintaining an adequate weatherproof outer skin. This has the added effect of presenting the stonework in its original bright well-defined style.
The second picture below shows the work in progress – right hand elevation complete and left-hand underway. The first picture shows the job complete, left and right elevations and the centre elevation and porch lower priority for treatment in the future.
The upper third of the brick gate pier on the corner of the white building in the centre of this picture had collapsed due to a vehicle impact, including the capstone. The materials were carefully salvaged and rebuilt. The result is virtually indistinguishable as a repair. Grade II listed.
Carrying out remedial work to chimneys and West elevation of a Grade 1 listed Historic House, these areas had been suffering from last winter’s rain. Repairs and repointing completed in the Spring now have a good chance to cure and strengthen to resist next winter’s weather
Carrying out remedial works to a high exposed bell tower using a Skyjack 66. We can provide the services of two masons fully trained (IPAF) and insured to operate self-propelled boom hoists and can usually work up to around 100 feet (30m) with significant outreach, potentially up to 180 feet (60m) in some situations, and to around 20m from uneven ground.
Alastair is shown using a stone saw to open up for indent repairs. We repointed and replaced stones, fitted lead drip formers, and applied a breathable surface treatment to the stone in order to increase resistance to winter rain and frost.
Doing some inspections of ornamentation recently: Looking back four years on the refurbished clock tower at the Rolls Hendre mansion. I worked on the stone and brick, Rolls Royce aero engineers from Bristol expertly overhauled the clock and bells mechanism. Technology has moved on since Charles Rolls’ time, he died in 1910 when his early days aircraft broke up in flight. His clock ticks on…